Call: (828) 837-5911

Meet The Team


At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.

Traci Anderson

Registered Dental Hygienist


• Hygienist


• Associate in Dental Hygiene, RDH


• 23 years


• Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Laura Elliott

Registered Dental Hygienist

Laura has been working with the team for 19 years.  For 17 years she worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist and the last 2 she has been doing the front office work.  Laura is a native of Murphy. She attended grammar and high school here in Murphy and then went to Asheville Buncombe Technical College and received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene.

After graduating she started working for Dr. Watson and has been here ever since. Laura, also babysat for Dr. Watson's kids when they were younger and has been a patient of Dr. Watson's since she was 5 years old. Laura's mom, Becky, has worked for Dr. Watson for over 30 years. So as you can see we are family her at Murphy Dental Center.

Laura is married to Mark Elliott, co owner of Elliott Brothers Mechanical, and has two sons; Cole age 11 and Cooper age 8. They reside in the Ranger Community.




Dental Hygienist


  • Dental Hygienist


  • Associates in Applied Science


  • 14 years as Dental Hygienist


  • Digital Radiography, Cerec, 3D Panoramics, Fastbraces, Tek Scan


Melissa Yonce

Dental Assistant

Melissa Yonce was born and raised in Murphy and now lives in the Peachtree Community with her husband, Jimbo.  She and her husband have a vacation rental cabin that they own/manage and this keeps them busy.  She has a two-year associates degree in business from Tri-County Community College.  She enjoys spending time with family, working on projects at home and spiling her two grandboys, Aayden and Connor.

Melissa has been certified in dental radiography through MAHEC and has received training in Cere, 3D panoramic radiographs, TekScan and oral conscious sedation.  She has been a dental assistant at Murphy Dental Center for 21 years and enjoys helping make your dental experience a little easier.  She is proud to be a part of this team that functions more like a family. 

Jennifer Pullium

Dental Assistant

Jennifer has worked as a dental assistant at Murphy Dental Center for 12 years.  She received an Associates in Applied Science degree from Tri-County Community College.

Jennifer is certified in digital radiography thru Chapel Hill.  She has received training with Cerec, 3D Panoramic Films, Fast Braces and Tek Scan.  She enjoys working with Dr. Watson and the team at Murphy Dental Center.

Away from work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family.  Her and husband Eric, live outside of Murphy in the Unaka Community.  They have two daughter, Sarah and Kimberly.  As a family, they enjoy camping and being outdoors.

Jennifer also spends a lot of her time at Murphy High School sporting events.  Her daughter Sarah, keeps her busy with volleyball, basketball games and track meets.


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Office Location

  • Murphy
  • 119 Natural Springs Drive
  • Murphy, North Carolina
  • 28906
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  • Call: (828) 837-5911